Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Me n Ed's Pizza Parlour: An "off the beaten path" delicious pizza experience
I recently attended a farewell fiesta for a new friend, "Mini Gong Show" who moved to Saskatchewan. The venue was "Me and Eds Pizza" and the stakes were high for this meal. This place is definitely not in my neck of the woods and involved a drive to the far reaches of Kingsway- almost out of Burnaby territory and getting pretty close to New West. When I'm making an over 30 minute drive for a meal...it better be good. Either way, I was happy to be invited and get a chance to say adieu over some pizza.
Me and Eds is a classic pizza parlour with a real 80's feel.
We sat on the patio, but walking through this place made me feel like I was at a 1980's kids birthday party. That's not necessarily a bad thing, if like me, you enjoy a bit of nostalgia. There are tonnes of high backed wooden booths and checkered floor tiles with retro art and photos sprinkled all over the walls. Showcased on one of the walls by the front door is an autographed photo of Burnaby native, and local hero, Michael J Fox, who spent a lot of his childhood years hanging at this pizza parlour and calls this his favourite pizza place in the world. Don't believe me? Check out this clip with ET Canada's Erin Cebula!
Now onto the pizza! We were with a big group and fortunately I got to sample a few different types of 'za as well as my own order.
My general thoughts:
The crust here is different than any pizza I've had before. It is a much thinner, flakier, lighter crust that borders on the texture of a crunchy cracker or pastry. Consequently, the crust is not oily or greasy. Since the crust is so light and easy to eat, people probably eat more pizza and feel less full. Their pizzas are available to order with whole wheat and gluten free crust as well.
They are also very generous with their toppings and creative. They offer some interesting options and clearly have fun playing with flavours and topping combinations.
I was able to get a nibble of my neighbour's Soprano Pizza. "A high-calibre pizza fit for a Don, with a spicy blend of Italian meats including salami, pepperoni, capicollo, and Italian sausage, topped with mushrooms."
This was a hearty pizza. My neighbour enjoyed it, calling it meaty, salty and delicious.
Another neighbour ordered a large Perogy pizza to share between a few people. "Oven roasted potatoes on our garlic herb sauce base, layered with smoky bacon, onions and bubbling cheddar cheese. Topped with green onions and a side of sour cream. Baba would be proud."
They gave me a slice- THANKS! This was a slice of comfort food. It was creamy, cheesy, and soft. The flavour kick definitely came with the chopped green onion and bacon. This was one mellow pizza and good for people who don't love tomato flavour and can't get enough cheese.
I ordered a mini Soprano pizza ($10.20). "The Boss. Bocconcini cheese, succulent Roma tomatoes, and fresh basil on a bed of capicollo and onions with our garlic and herb sauce. Oh, Madonna!"
I really loved this pizza. It was fresh, light, heaping with toppings with just the right level of salt-iness and meat-iness. I would've loved a bit more tomato sauce, but other than that a delicious blend of fresh flavours.
Me n Ed's is is definitely an unexpected hidden gem off my beaten eating path and a great pizza find if you are open to a non-traditional crust.